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    PORTOLA VALLEY TOWN CENTER

    When Portola Valley, California sought an updated, seismically safer civic complex, the existing mid-20th-century wood-and-concrete-block campus was deconstructed and its parts repurposed, along with other salvaged components, to create a sustainable new facility on another portion of the site.

    The resulting Portola Valley Town Center is targeted for LEED Platinum certification and was named one of the Top Ten Green Projects for 2009 by the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE).

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    POSTCARD FROM KLAMATH FALLS

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    Seeing them as pure object form in the landscape, a poignant aesthetic of contrasts entwines these manmade elements with their landscape — muscular diversion canal snaking improbably high along the canyon walls, diminished river following below — huge steel penstock tubes dropping hundreds of feet from some apparently random spot on the hillside — the two round generators themselves, framed by their own dedicated traveling crane, bridging over the outwash beneath, loud rushing to rejoin the native waters.

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    GREEN HOUSE IN GEORGIA

    In the American South, a region that tends to laud its heritage, modern can be a hard sell. A residential client often hears neighborhood fears that a new modern dwelling will look "chilly" and won't fit in.

    RainShine House by architect Robert M. Cain answers those concerns. Built near downtown Decatur, Georgia, part of metro Atlanta, the LEED Platinum-certified home is bright, welcoming, treads lightly on its site, and respects its neighbors.

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    FSC VERSUS SFI

    When the Forest Stewardship Council rolled out the world's first "green" wood certification label in 1993, the organization quickly rallied big-box retailers like Home Depot to the cause. The largest do-it-yourself home improvement chain in the United States became a founding member of the FSC and publicly announced that it would soon ensure all of its products came from certified sources.

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    More Environment

    Prospects Distant for Offshore Wind in West — New York Times, 2009.1009

    Norway Pledges 40 Percent Emissions Cuts — New York Times, 2009.1009

    Report Offers Road Map to a Green Indiana — New York Times, 2009.1009

    Argentina's Forests Dwindle — Nature, 2009.1009

    Defiant Chamber Chief Says ‘Bring ’Em On’ — New York Times, 2009.1008

    Massachusetts Mulls TV Efficiency Rules — New York Times, 2009.1008

    Portola Valley Town Center — ArchitectureWeek, 2009.1007

    Postcard from Klamath Falls — ArchitectureWeek, 2009.1007

    Apple, Sony Ericsson Demonstrate Best Practices in Green Electronics — Sustainable Business, 2009.1007

    Saving Forests Five Times Better Than Carbon Capture for Climate Action: WWF Sweden. — World Wildlife Fund`, 2009.1007

    Michelle Kaufmann on the Future of Green Prefab Homes — Earth2tech, 2009.1007

    Solar Village Begins to Bloom on National Mall — CNet News, 2009.1007

    Dow Unveils Solar Shingles — New York Times, 2009.1007

    Activists Sue Texas to Restrict Greenhouse Gases — Washington Post, 2009.1007

    U.S. 2009 Carbon Emissions to Fall 5.9 Percent: EIA — Reuters, 2009.1006

    Green Roofs Offset Global Warming, Study Finds — MSNBC, 2009.1006

    Political Alliances Shift in Fight over Climate Bill — Wall Street Journal, 2009.1006

    Mason Lane Farm Showcases Beautiful Bamboo Construction — Inhabitat (blog), 2009.1006

    E.U. Plan to Curb Carbon Dioxide Would Favor Solar Power — New York Times, 2009.1006

    Obama Orders Federal Government to Cut Emissions — Reuters, 2009.1005

    EcoDorm Offers 'Green' College Living — Mother Nature Network, 2009.1005

    UN's Forest Protection Scheme at Risk from Organised Crime, Experts Warn — Guardian Unlimited, 2009.1005

    Climate Talks Stall on Targets, Finance - U.N. — Reuters, 2009.1002

    Sustainable-Design Trailblazer Pliny Fisk on the Future of Building — Urbanite Baltimore, 2009.1001

    Utility Replaces Some Coal with Switchgrass — New York Times, 2009.1001

    Deals Accumulating for Solar Start-Up — New York Times, 2009.1001

    Reconciling Clean Energy and Conservation — New York Times, 2009.1001

    California Utility Plans for Electric Cars — New York Times, 2009.1001

    GREENSBURG: Recovery Becoming Concrete — Hutchinson News Online, 2009.1001

    New EPA Rule Will Require Use of Best Technologies to Reduce Greenhouse Gases — EPA Press Release, 2009.0930

    Whirlpool Corporation to Produce One Million Smart Grid-Compatible Clothes Dryers by the End of 2011 — Whirlpool Press Release, 2009.0928

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